The serial poisoning of school girls continues in Iran while the regime officials continue to deny that any poisoning is taking place.
Wednesday, May 3, saw chemical attacks on Parvin Etesami girls’ school in Hassanabad, Sanandaj. The day before, on Tuesday, May 2, the Ali Mohammadi all-girls school in Baneh, Elahieh all-girls school, Kimia Conservatory for girls, and another girls’ school on Komeil St. in Kermanshah, and many other schools were targets of chemical attacks.
In the case of Elahieh School in Kermanshah, police forces went to the high school after the chemical attack and threatened the students.
The students of one of the schools in Kermanshah said they saw a drone dropping a smoking candle in the schoolyard.
On Monday, May 1, students of Efaf and Sajjadieh all-girls schools in Tehran, Jafari School in Kermanshah, Meraj and Bentol Hoda schools in Saqqez, Fatemeh School in Harsin, Sarollah School in Fardis, Karaj, etc. were poisoned after chemical attacks on their schools and taken to medical centers.
At least 40 students of Jafari all-girls school in Kermanshah had to be hospitalized.
In the case of Fatemeh School in Harsin, the school authorities closed the doors and prevented parents from entering.
In the case of Meraj School in Saqqez, the regime’s suppressive forces attacked the school after the poisoning of school girls and brutalized them. One of the students was injured in the head.
On Sunday, April 30, Esparvarin High School in Karaj was targeted. And on Saturday, April 29, the students at Sama High School for Girls, Kar-o Danesh Abrar Conservatory for Girls in Tehran, and Mehdizadeh Conservatory for Girls in Mashhad were poisoned.
Regime officials refuse to acknowledge the poisoning of school girls
The regime continues denying the poisoning of school girls, with officials stating that the “discomfort” students feel is the result of rumors or a psychological aspect.
Alizadeh, a parliamentary deputy, said, “One must deal with those who spread rumors and falsities regarding the discomfort of students, so that others would take a lesson and future incidents are prevented.” (The state-run Fars news agency, May 3, 2023)
Mullah Pour-Radi, the general director of the Department of Education of East Azerbaijan, said, “It seems that the matter had a psychological aspect.” (The state-run Fararu.com, May 1, 2023)
Intelligence Ministry denies poisonings in schools, blames enemy rumors
On April 28, the clerical regime’s Ministry of Intelligence issued a statement containing the conclusions of its investigations into the chemical attacks on schools. The statement said: “Simultaneous with the project to fuel unrest in Autumn 2022, signs of the enemy’s attempt to target students (especially girls) and shut down schools were observed.”
The statement further concluded, “Toxic substances have not been distributed in any schools in the country; however, non-toxic agents that have caused panic have been accidentally or intentionally used in some reported environments.
“Undoubtedly, there was no network for distributing poisonous substances in the country, but various networks in cyberspace (from inside or outside the country) have been identified for producing and spreading rumors, creating school panic, attempting to close schools, protesting parents of students, deliberately accusing the Islamic Republic system and its followers, which a considerable number of them have been tracked and identified, and all of them will be pursued.
“The enemy’s role in spreading rumors and creating panic is completely evident and undeniable.”
The Ministry of Intelligence then vows to arrest and punish those who spread these rumors: “The system’s definite intention is to deal seriously and without hesitation with those who spread rumors and create panic. The right to legally prosecute individuals, groups, media, and affiliated human media who have made baseless accusations against the system or innocent individuals and groups along with the enemies of the Iranian nation will be preserved.”